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Eye Conditions and FAQs

Eye Conditions and Diseases

» Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
» Astigmatism
» Cataracts
» Colour Vision and Colour Blindness
» Diabetic Retinopathy
» Eye Muscle Incoordinations
» Glaucoma
» Hyperopia (Long-sightedness)
» Macular Degeneration
» Myopia (Short-sightedness)
» Presbyopia
» Pterygium
» Spots & Floaters

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

» What are the signs of vision problems?
» What is NORMAL for my vision?
» How often should I have my eyes examined?
» Refractive Laser Surgery

What are the signs of vision problems?

The following is a partial list of symptoms in children and adults which indicate the need for a complete vision analysis:

  • headaches, nausea or dizziness after visual concentration
  • blurred or double vision at any time
  • crossed or turned eyes
  • blinking or eye rubbing after visual concentration
  • dislike or avoidance of close work
  • short attention span
  • placing head close to book when reading or writing
  • frowning while looking at the TV or blackboard
  • difficulty reading small print
  • difficulty adjusting focus between near and far objects.

If you or one of your family members have any of the above symptoms you can follow up with an eye exam from one of our expert optometrists. To find the Eyecare Plus practice closest to you, either phone 1300 EYECARE (393 227) or visit our location finder here. You can also arrange an appointment online here.

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What is "NORMAL" in my vision?

It is normal for most eyes to be long-sighted at birth. This usually reduces as the eye grows to full adult size during adolescence. It is then in the teens that short-sightedness tends to develop, if at all.

After a relatively stable time in the 20's and 30's another significant time for change begins in the 40's. This involves a gradual loss in the ability to finely focus the lens inside the eye. The result is a totally normal and expected change called "presbyopia", which continues into the 60's.

After 60, the eye will tend toward less long-sightedness or more short-sightedness as the inner part of the eye lens hardens. Sensitive vision drops and the retina's fine discrimination of colours is dulled. By 70 most eyes show signs of cataract and the older, harder, clouded eye lens scatters light so that glare often becomes more of a problem.

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How often should I have my eyes examined?

Your optometrist will advise you of the interval between your full eye & vision examinations which is appropriate for your vision and eye health needs. This time interval does vary for different situations, so we contact our patients when their next routine check is due. Changes in vision and eye health are often quite slow and subtle, and can easily go unnoticed if not checked regularly.

Of course if a problem arises sooner, please make an appointment so that we can assess the situation for you.

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Disclaimer - Not Personal Advice

The screens and videos on this website contain general information and do not constitute personal health or product advice. The content of the screens and videos does not take into account your personal eye health, prescription, medications, needs or other individual factors and you must determine whether it is appropriate to your own situation. We recommend that you obtain individual personalized information from your optometrist or doctor before making any eyecare decision.

The screens and videos available on this website may contain copyright material of Eyecare Plus Limited or third parties.

Privacy Policy


At Eyecare Plus we take your right to privacy very seriously, and want you to feel comfortable using this web site. This privacy policy deals with personally-identifiable information (referred to as "data" below) that may be collected by this site. This policy does not apply to other entities that are not owned or controlled by Eyecare Plus, nor does it apply to persons that are not employees or agents of Eyecare Plus, or that are not under Eyecare Plus's control.

Collection of Data

While on our website you may be asked to provide personal information via a form – such as an appointment request or contact submission. The reasons we ask you provide this data are set out below under Use of Data.

Additionally, Eyecare Plus may automatically receive general information that is contained in server log files, such as your IP address, and cookie information. Information about how advertising may be served on this site is set forth below, under Cookies and Advertising.

Use of Data

Eyecare Plus will use data obtained from this website to:

Sharing Data with 3rd Parties

Your data will never be shared with a 3rd party – either based in Australia or internationally – unless:

  1. Provided for otherwise in this Privacy Policy;
  2. Your consent is obtained, such as when you choose to opt-in or opt-out for the sharing of data;
  3. A service provided on our site requires interaction with a third party, or is provided by a third party, such as an application service provider;
  4. Pursuant to legal action or law enforcement;
  5. It is found that your use of this site violates the site editor's policy, terms of service, or other usage guidelines, or if it is deemed reasonably necessary by the site editor to protect the site editor's legal rights and/or property; or
  6. This site is purchased by a third party, in which case that third party will be able to use the data in the same manner as set forth in this policy. In the event you choose to use links displayed on this web site to visit other web sites, you are advised to read the privacy policies published on those sites.

Data Security and De-Identification

Eyecare Plus take your data security very seriously and all electronic data captured on our website is stored on firewall protected servers, which are physically housed in a secure data centre. We have also taken numerous steps to monitor and defeat any unauthorised access.

After a period of no more than 24 months (2 years) – or earlier if specifically requested by you – any personally identifiable data which we no longer have a use for is automatically de-identified. This means that while we retain a record of your interaction with us, the specifics – including your name and contact details – are permanently removed from our website databases. Please note that this applies only to data obtained via the website. Any data provided to specific practice locations may be retained for a greater period of time.

Cookies and Advertising

Like many web sites, this web site sets and uses cookies to enhance your user experience -- to remember your personal settings, for instance. Advertisements may display on this web site and, if so, may set and access cookies on your computer; such cookies are subject to the privacy policy of the parties providing the advertisement. However, the parties providing the advertising do not have access to our site's cookies. These parties usually use non-personally-identifiable or anonymous codes to obtain information about your visits to this site. You can visit the Network Advertising Initiative if you want to find out more information about this practise, and to learn about your options.

Jobseeker Information

If you register your information (including CVs and Resumes) with us we will hold it for a period not longer than 90 days unless otherwise advised by you and will endeavour to restrict access to this information to only Eyecare Plus employees, Members and their affiliates. The information provided by you will only be used in legitimate job placement activities and will not be on sold to a third party.

Your personal and sensitive information may be disclosed to:

If you do not supply us with all of the information we seek:

Remember, you can gain access to your information to correct it if it is wrong. Subject to some exceptions laid out in the Australian Privacy Act, you have a right to see and to have a copy of any sensitive or personal information which we hold about you. If you would like to exercise this right to access to your information, please contact our National Office on (02) 6583 4966

Accessing or Correcting Your Information

If you wish to access or correct any information we hold about you, please contact us via the details listed at the bottom of this document.

So we can provide access in a timely manner, please make sure to include your name and contact information (to help us verify your identity) as part of your request.  A nominal administration fee may apply in some circumstances.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

Changes may be made to this policy from time to time. The date this document was last updated can be found at the very bottom of this page.

No Guarantees

While this privacy policy states standards for maintenance of data, and while efforts will be made to meet the said standards, the site editor is not in a position to guarantee compliance with these standards. There may be factors beyond the site editor's control that may result in disclosure of data. Consequently, the site editor offers no warranties or representations as regards maintenance or non-disclosure of data.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, complaints or enquiries about this policy or about this web site, please contact us.

Eyecare Plus Ltd
3/141 Gordon Street
Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Phone: 02 6589 3100

Policy Updates

This document last updated 23rd April 2014.